Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has been diagnosed with coronavirus. His positive test came on the same day that Russia recorded a record 7,099 cases, taking the total number of infections above 100,000.
Mr. Mishustin was given the role of prime minister in January and has been actively involved in Russia’s handling of the epidemic. Mr. Mishustin suggested that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov should take his place and Mr. Putin agreed. Mr. Mishustin will now go into self-isolation.
President Vladimir Putin on 28.04.2020 extended the national “non-working” month through May 11, warning that Russia has yet to see the peak of its coronavirus outbreak.
Despite the sharp rise in cases, the Moscow-based coronavirus headquarters says 1,073 people in Russia have now died of coronavirus, a relatively low number for Russia’s size.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia’s reaction to the pandemic has enabled it to avoid an “Italian scenario”.